Hammersmith Odeon, London '75

Hammersmith Odeon, London '75

by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandBruce Springsteen & the E Street Band


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This two-disc set -- essentially the audio companion to the concert DVD that hit shelves in '05 as part of the Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition -- was recorded at the zenith of the "future of rock 'n' roll" hype that enveloped Bruce Springsteen at the midpoint of the '70s. And doggone it if the music in the grooves doesn't bear that out. Not yet ensconced as the Boss -- in England, he was pretty much an unknown quantity -- Springsteen does his best here to win over the audience by virtue of his willingness to work up a sweat (a key component in the tightly-wound ten-minute take on "Rosalita") and his ability to turn a phrase (the focus of a hush-inducing "Lost in the Flood"). There are no small gestures here, not on Bruce's part and not on the part of the E Street Band, who run through their paces with an incredible blend of clockwork precision and playground mischievousness on epic versions of both "Kitty's Back" and "The E Street Shuffle." The give-and-take is nimble enough to keep listeners at the edge of their seats even after repeated listens, particularly on a set-ending salvo on which the musicians proudly reveal their bar band roots -- shimmying through their trademark "Detroit Medley" and honking woozily through "Quarter to Three." The set is sure to bring back memories for longtime Springsteen fanatics and is likely to create some for those who weren't around to experience the genesis of Brooce-mania.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767799520
catalogNumber: 77995
Rank: 29063

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band   Primary Artist
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone
Roy Bittan   Piano,Vocals
Danny Federici   Keyboards
Garry Tallent   Bass Guitar
Max Weinberg   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Barbara Carr   Executive Producer
Jon Landau   Executive Producer
David Bett   Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Thom Zimny   Producer
Dave Fromberg   Engineer

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